Cayman 27’s10th annual Island Living Show attracted a steady stream of visitors over the past weekend, in spite of some unfavourable weather.
A total of 35 local businesses set up booths at the show, displaying and selling some of their inventory and providing information on their services.
The show opened on the afternoon of Friday, July 29, at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay and ran all day on Saturday, July 30. Admission was free and the event drew some 2,500 residents, among them many families and groups of friends.
“The 10th Annual Island Living Show was a big success. Cayman 27 is driven by the desire to help promote the products and services of local companies. This year’s Island Living Show gave exhibitors the opportunity to speak with and educate qualified potential customers in a fun and relaxed environment, building a good foundation for future business,” said Monique Hather, senior account executive for Cayman 27 and one of the principal organisers of the event.
A diverse range of businesses took part in the show, including banks, furniture and appliance vendors, jewellery and candle retail stores, insurance and security services as well as community organisations such as Cayman Wildlife Rescue, the Humane Society and Hazard Management. The ARC was filled with colour, with each vendor having set up and decorated unique booths.
“A great deal of credit has to be given to participating businesses. Many were building and setting up their space until the early hours of the morning for days,” Ms Hather said.
Many exhibitors were offering prize draws and special offers for those who signed up for services at the show. Among the prizes to be won were 10 Cayman Airways Vouchers from Cayman 27, a $1,000 gift voucher for Reflections and a month’s worth of laundry services from Fluff n’ Fold.
The show spilled out onto the lawn where a tent was set up to provide protection from the occasional shower and there was ample seating for weary show-goers to rest their legs. Autohaus was displaying a number of new Mercedes models outdoors, the Humane Society had brought dogs along, which volunteers could take for walks, and children enjoyed having their faces painted.
Although some exhibitors felt the total number of attendees was a little lower than in previous years, due to some heavy showers on the Saturday, they believed that the lower attendance actually worked in their favour.
“It actually gave us more time to talk to the people who came to our booth and really explain to them how these appliances work and the benefits of propane,” said Katie O’Neill of Home Gas.
Organisers and exhibitors were all pleased with the turnout and felt the event was a great success. Although no dates have been decided, Ms Hather said she looks forward to seeing everyone again next year.